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Research for Children


If your child is between 6 and 18 years of age, you can play an important role in research by volunteering for a free and confidential study conducted by the McPartland Lab at the Yale School of Medicine.

We are seeking children diagnosed with either autism, intellectual disability, or are typically developing.


Email autism@yale.edu

Call 203-737-3439 or

Fill out a brief form and we will contact you.

The Brain Basis of Eye Contact in ASD

This study researches eye contact in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typical development. The project studies behavior and brain systems to better understand the difficulties maintaining eye contact that are often experienced by those people with ASD. We hope this research will better inform treatment for ASD in the future to help children and families living with the disorder. Participation involves one visit to our lab where individuals will talk to a clinician, complete questionnaires, and watch videos while their brain waves are recorded with an electroencephalogram (EEG). Participants will receive a clinical evaluation and report as well as compensation of $60.


Brain Basis of Social Attention in ASD and Intellectual Disability

This project studies attention to social images in children with intellectual disability (ID) and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ID. We are studying behavior and brain systems to better understand the social difficulties that are often experienced by people with ASD and ID. We hope to use these tools to help treat individuals living with these disorders. Participation involves one or two visits to our lab where individuals will talk to a clinician, complete questionnaires, and watch videos while their brain waves and movement are recorded. Participants will receive a clinical evaluation and report as well as compensation between $60 to $120.


Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials

This is a multicenter longitudinal study that aims to identify, develop and validate a set of measures that can be used as stratification biomarkers and/or sensitive and reliable objective measures of social impairment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that could serve as markers of long term clinical outcome.

If you have a child between the ages of 6 and 11 years old who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this study will examine your child's social, communication, and emotional skills. This research will lead to new methods to develop, track, and assess treatments in ASD. Participants will receive a psychoeducational evaluation describing their child's development over six months and compensation of $300.

You can also visit asdbiomarkers.org for additional information about the ABC-CT study.

*We are not currently recruiting for the ABC-CT study at this time, but will be in the future. Please be sure to check back here for updated information.



Skin Biopsy Study in children with ASD

This study evaluates how brain cells develop in male children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Skin fibroblasts will be used to generate pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) which contain unique information that will allow us to study the process of brain development in the laboratory. We hope that this study will help us learn more about the mechanism by which autism spectrum disorder arises in order to find better ways of diagnosing and treating it.

Collaborator: Dr. Flora Vaccarino


Need more information

Contact our Intake Coordinator, Erin MacDonnell to learn more or to schedule an appointment